Walter C. Grollitsch has over 12 years of legal experience in advising international clients on legal matters, intellectual property strategies, patent law and patent portfolio management. For the last several years, Walter has worked as in-house counsel at Intervale Capital which owns over 10 portfolio companies in the oil and gas industry. He has advised the management at the portfolio companies on various legal matters and on strategic ways to create, defend and assert their intellectual property rights. Walter has been involved in several intellectual property disputes in the federal courts and in the United States Patent Office. He has negotiated numerous settlement agreements and cross-licensing agreements. Walter has an engineering degree from The Penn State University and a law degree from South Texas College of Law.
Co-managing partner Phil Colburn has transformed Cantor Colburn into one of the nation’s leading intellectual property law firms. Phil leads a team of more than 110 attorneys, patent agents, and technical advisors who are committed to helping clients optimize their IP assets through the timely delivery of top quality, cost-effective legal services.
His counsel to Fortune 50 multinationals, as well as smaller companies and universities, is informed both by unique technical insights gained from his years of professional experience as a design engineer and by strategic perspectives derived from more than 20 years’ practice as an IP attorney. Taking a proactive, results-driven approach allows him to help clients define their needs and implement strategies that achieve their objectives. A frequent speaker on IP issues, Phil is an Adjunct Professor of Patent Law at Western New England College School of Law.
Holly Chastain Nini is Senior Corporate Counsel at the corporate headquarters for CITGO Petroleum Corporation in Houston, Texas where she manages the legal affairs for several of CITGO Petroleum Corporation’s multi-billion dollar businesses, including Terminals and Pipelines; Product Supply, Distribution and Trading; CITGO’s international non-profit foundation; and previously CITGO’s refining operations in Corpus Christi, Texas. In addition, she was appointed by CITGO’s CEO to serve as legal advisor to Executive Committees which approve major strategic deals and technology for CITGO’s operations. Prior to joining CITGO, she was regional Legal Counsel with Schlumberger where she managed the legal affairs for Schlumberger’s exploration and production oil and gas, IT and meter manufacturing businesses both onshore and offshore. Her experience includes a broad range of strategic and high level domestic and international transactions involving IP and technology matters, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, complex litigation, corporate governance, compliance, risk management, regulatory matters and other legal areas in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Ann is responsible for managing USAA’s growing patent portfolio, supporting Innovation and licensing efforts, and facilitating the integration of intellectual property across the enterprise.
Carlo Cotrone is Senior Intellectual Property Counsel at Baker Hughes a GE Company in Houston. As lead IP counsel for the Surface, Drilling, Offshore, and Subsea Production Systems business units, he develops and manages the execution of offensive and defensive IP strategies; provides IP and general corporate advice; and negotiates strategic agreements with customers, suppliers, and licensees. Previously, Carlo practiced law at several firms on the East Coast and in the Midwest, most recently as a partner. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Marquette University Law School and is admitted in Texas and registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Nakul Goenka is Legal Counsel. He currently oversees the patent portfolio at Shipcom wireless, a software and mobile technology focused company. Nakul has a diverse background of experience encompassing, editorial, legal as well as counseling stints. He earned his Masterns in Law from the University of Pennsylvania.
Lee Kaplan has tried dozens of cases in state and federal courts, representing plaintiffs and defendants ranging from Fortune 10 corporations to individuals. In the last four years he has had two cases that landed in the top 25 verdicts in Texas for those years. His docket has included oil and gas, construction, securities, antitrust, patent and trademark infringement, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, fraud, theft of trade secrets, shareholder rights, and class actions. He frequently handles "high tech" cases and enjoys mastering complicated business dealings or scientific concepts in order to present them concisely to other lay people (particularly judges and juries). Lee has also served as an arbitrator, often named to panels by prior opposing counsel. Here are some recent examples:
In May 2015 he won a two-week federal jury trial alleging theft of trade secrets, obtaining a $12.2 million verdict and judgment in addition to four stipulated judgments of $28.5 million reached with four defendants prior to trial. Quantlab Technologies Ltd. (BVI) and Quantlab Financial, LLC, vs. Vitaliy Godlevsky, Andriy Kuharsky, Anna Maravina, Ping An, Emmanuel Mamalakis, and SXP Analytics, LLC, Case No. 09-cv-4039 in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division. The case was one of the top 25 verdicts in Texas in 2015.
In 2014, he served as an arbitrator in a four-week hearing of a $100 million-plus construction dispute, having been appointed to the panel by a former opposing counsel.
In 2013, he and his partner Land Murphy defended a trade secrets case in which the Fortune 500 plaintiff tried to shut down his startup client, which was formed by plaintiff's ex-employees. After months of discovery and a four-day trial at the temporary injunction stage, the state district court granted no meaningful relief to plaintiff and the case settled confidentially soon thereafter.
In 2012, he tried a jury case as co-counsel for a Schlumberger affiliate in a patent infringement suit. He conducted the voir dire examination to select the jury and the direct and cross-examination of the damages experts. The jury returned a nine-figure verdict in the client's favor. The case was one of the top 25 verdicts in Texas in 2012. The case is currently on appeal, with the Federal Circuit having sustained damages of approximately $20 million.
He has been selected as a Texas "SuperLawyer" every year since 2003 and listed every year since 2007 in Chambers USA, Leading Lawyers for Business, for commercial litigation. Chambers has referred to him as “good on his feet” and quoted a peer who said "he just lights up the courtroom" and recognized him as among Texas’ leading individual commercial litigators. In 2013 he was also named one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Texas by SuperLawyers -Texas edition. He has been elected to membership in the American Law Institute.
Lee has been a contributor on the radio show "The Price of Business" commenting on diverse topics such as the competitive value of patent protection, factors that drive settlement negotiations in commercial litigation and suggestions on how employers can protect themselves from the loss of intellectual property or from unjustified lawsuits claiming that they have misappropriated others' trade secrets. Lee has been quoted for publication on various important legal issues, including the 2014 Texas Supreme Court case Ritchie v. Rupe, which overturned decades of Texas law and severely restricted or extinguished the rights of minority shareholders in Texas.
Charles (Chad) F. Wieland III focuses his practice on Intellectual Property (IP) matters. He advises clients ranging from startups to Fortune 100 companies, both domestic and international. With over 27 years of experience, he finds cost effective ways to acquire or capture and exploit worldwide IP rights of clients, while avoiding or mitigating the hazards posed by the IP rights of others. Chad has advised clients on how to best capture the value of their innovations, prepared and prosecuted utility and design patent applications on a cost effective basis, prosecuted reissue and re-examination applications, as well as inter partes and covered business method review proceedings. He has experience in exploiting IP rights through licensing, assignment and when necessary, litigation. He helps clients steer clear of interference from the IP rights of others with design-around recommendations, validity, infringement and clearance/freedom-to-operate studies, both formal and informal. He negotiates and drafts software licenses and other technology transfer agreements.
Allen White currently serves as Chief IP Counsel for the North American affiliates of the Air Liquide group. He manages a department of 12 full time and 2 contract employees, including 6 attorneys. Allen worked as a patent engineer, prior to admission to the Texas bar in 2001, and as an IP specialist attorney since. Allen's experience includes extensive M&A duedil work, both technology centric and business centric. As part of his responsibilities, Allen drafts and negotiates numerous IP and technology driven agreements from NDAs to JDAs to Commercial Exploitation rights. Allen has also performed numerous FTO's and managed the follow on identified IP risks through opinions, design around counsel, invalidation actions, and licensure procurement. Allen still drafts and prosecutes patent applications, mainly related to the healthcare and life sciences/biotech segment of Air Liquide's diverse business portfolio. Prior to working at Air Liquide, Allen was an associate at Fulbright & Jaworski LLP (now Norton Rose Fulbright). Allen is licensed in Texas and registered with the USPTO.
Leon is IP Counsel at Novo Nordisk. He has extensive experience in IP litigation from a tactical and strategic perspective. Prior to his role at Novo Nordisk, Leon was a Patent Attorney at Foley and Lardner LLP. Previously he served as Patent Examiner at the USPTO. Leon earned his BS in Bioengineering from the University of California - San Diego, his MSE in Biomedical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University and his J.D. from Georgetown University.
Suvashis manages NetApp’s US and international patent portfolios and overall patent program, assists ongoing IP litigation matters, advises on open source-related issues and policy, and supports IP licensing activities. Previously he was a partner at LeCLairRyan, Patent Attorney at Nixon Peabody, Fleisler Meyer LLP and Attorney at Thelen LLP.
Suvashis earned his B.S. Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and his J.D. Intellectual Property from John Marshal Law School.
Paul drafts and negotiates complex IP-related original agreements with R&D partners globally, including national labs, universities, suppliers, scale-up partners and start-ups. He manages global prosecution of a large patent portfolio, relating to a wide variety of products and processes, including lithium batteries, capacitors, complex thin materials, catalysts and chemical processes. In addition, Paul advises clients on all aspects of patent law, including setting up product groups' IP strategies as needed. He helps clients navigate the minefield of competitor patents, and provides creative training to all clients.
Thomas oversees the patent portfolio at Cabot Microelectronics. Previously, Thomas served as Patent Agent at Renessen LLC. Prior to these roles, Thomas, held Process Development Manager and Research Scientist positions at Monsanto and Amoco Technology Co. respectively. He has earned his BS from Purdue University and his MS in Biochemistry from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
Mark A. Tidwell is a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group in the Houston office. He focuses his practice on prosecution, acquisition, licensing, divestiture and enforcement of patent rights, trademark rights, trade secrets and copyrights. Mark has filed and prosecuted hundreds of patent, trademark and copyright applications. He was honored in Intellectual Asset Magazine's Patent 1000: The World's Leading Patent Practitioners, Globe White Page Ltd, 2014 and 2016 for patent prosecution and IP transactions.
Jeffrey Johnson resolves complex commercial and IP litigation for the high-tech, energy and life science industries. Jeffrey earned his reputation as a first class litigator in the Eastern District of Texas, one of the nation’s toughest jurisdictions. Known for extricating clients out of multi-faceted litigation with creative settlements, he now represents clients throughout the country and in Asia.
Claudia Wilson Frosthas handled dozens of jury trials in state and federal courts in her 30-plus-year career as a trial lawyer, appellate advocate and strategist. Her experience has been wide-ranging and includes intellectual property and complex commercial litigation, in areas such as oil and gas and energy, telecommunications, technology and financial services.
Current Account Executive for Questel, a leading provider of online tools and services helping businesses, academic institutions, technology transfer offices, and law firms with their patent research and IP strategy needs. Results driven individual with a track record of growing my client network, increasing portfolio revenue, maintaining strong relationships with clients, and providing unmatched customer service.
Leon Steinberg is Managing Director, North America at the Dennemeyer group. His area of expertise focuses on management, business development, strategy, marketing, patent analytics. He's been active in intellectual property since 2001. He earned his JD from William Mitchell College of Law.
Joseph is the manager of patent engineers spanning all technologies associated with IBM's vast patent portfolio. He has been a patent engineering professional for the past 10 years supporting the licensing and divestiture of intellectual property where he developed evidence of use, analyzed patent portfolios, valued patents, and developed risk profiles and analysis. Joseph is a registered patent attorney and a member of the Florida bar. Joseph held a variety of positions in IBM including software development and semiconductor development. Joseph holds masters degrees in both computer engineering and software engineering.
With more than 10 years of experience in patent law, my practice encompasses nearly every aspect of the patent life cycle, including the preparation and prosecution of patent applications, portfolio management, strategic counseling, and patent litigation.
With regard to strategic counseling and patent portfolio management, I have prepared more than 200 patent applications in a wide variety of technologies, including fiber optic hardware and accessories, wireless communications, display devices, handheld electronic devices, medical devices, electro-mechanical technologies, communication systems, semiconductor devices, high frequency electronics, control systems, heavy machinery, and computer-related technologies. I also possess extensive patent prosecution experience, having prosecuted well over a thousand domestic and foreign applications, many of which I managed from filing to issuance. Additionally, I maintain a robust strategic counseling practice, having prepared numerous opinions on patentability, infringement, and validity of patents.
I also represent clients in patent litigation before district courts and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). I have experience in all aspects of pre-trial litigation, including handling discovery requests, preparing invalidity contentions, drafting claim construction briefs, creating technology tutorials for judges, and working with experts.
Prior to joining Corning, I gained valuable experience serving as in-house patent counsel at Amazon.com. Before joining Amazon, I practiced patent law in the Electrical Practice Group at Finnegan for 7 years. Previously, I served as the engineering technology manager with the Division of Patents and Licensing at the University of South Florida, where I was responsible for managing the extensive patent portfolio for the College of Engineering and physical science departments, including over a dozen research centers and institutes.
As kCura's Intellectual Property Counsel, I implement the company's IP strategy and manage and advise on all IP issues that affect our business. I manage our patent and trademark portfolios, including all aspects of prosecution and litigation, oversee our open source compliance efforts, and manage our trade secrets program. As part of managing kCura's IP, I monitor the IP developments in our competitive space and issue regular reports to kCura's leadership. I also regularly negotiate IP-centric transactions, such as software license agreements and commercial partnership agreements.
Chris serves as Senior IP Counsel for Rovi, a position he has filled since June 2014. Prior to this in-house position, Chris worked for Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg where he drafted and prosecuted patent applications in the electrical and computer software fields. Other firms he has worked for include Arent Fox and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. Chris holds his law degree from University of Michigan Law School and has a B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University. He is accredited by the CA and NY state bars.
Perving Taleyarkhan is Associate Legal Counsel for Patents at Whirlpool. Her experuence includes IP strategy as well as litigation. Prior to Whirlpool she served as LEgal Associate at Purdue University. She earned her BSChE in Mechanincal Engineering from Purdue university and her J.D. from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney, School of Law.
David Levy focuses his practice on high-stakes commercial and intellectual property disputes. He also counsels clients on litigation avoidance and crisis management. With more than two decades’ experience as a trial and appellate lawyer, he has represented technology, financial services, energy, manufacturing, and retail clients in US federal and state courts, and before US and international arbitration tribunals. He previously co-chaired the international litigation and Asia-Pacific practices at an international law firm. David now leads Morgan Lewis’s litigation practice in Houston. - See more at: https://www.morganlewis.com/bios/dlevy#sthash.vikaRXEl.dpuf